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SkateMD Skateboard Clinic for Children with Special Needs
On Sunday, April 30, 2017, in partnership with the County of Maui, SkateMD will host children ages 5-17 with special needs for a free one-on-one skateboard clinic and experience at Lahaina Skate Park.
SkateMD is a Northern California-based non-profit with a mission to heal hearts by spreading kindness and skateboarding to special populations of children facing developmental, physical, emotional or family challenges. The one-on-one skateboard clinics is designed to empower children who have physical and developmental disabilities with fun, exercise, and positive interactions. SkateMD has successfully hosted over two years of programming and received much support within their own community. But with several of SkateMD’s board members and volunteers visiting Maui for a wedding, an opportunity was presented for SkateMD to bring services and kindness to another community!
There will be adequate support for children including one-on-one mentors who skateboard as well as volunteers who work with children with special needs, like licensed physical therapists. This could be the perfect opportunity to try skateboarding! And, SkateMD wants parents to know that this event is not just for kids interested in skateboarding or only for “athletic” children. Many SkateMD parents have been surprised to see their children engaged and learning to skateboard when they have previously been frustrated or unsuccessful in sports and groups. As a sport that champions individual progress over competition, skateboarding has been a great fit for children special needs. The organization celebrates small victories and gives a lot of high fives.
The event will be free to participants and includes snacks and drinks - with all skateboard equipment available to use – and surprises in store! Registration is now open and parents of eligible children must email firstname.lastname@example.org with the child’s name, age, and disability. SkateMD will respond to parents with registration instructions and the link to complete enrollment and secure a spot.
Date: Sunday, April 30th, 2017
Location Specifics: Lahaina Skate Park
Contact: Andrea Bibelheimer